Courtney Barnett

Courtney Barnett

After years toiling away as a guitarist in other-people’s bands, Courtney Barnett finally gained the courage to step out as a solo artist less than two years ago. Gathering together a bunch of like minded friends, she recorded a debut EP of rambling garage pop and began life as a front-woman.

That EP ‘I’ve Got A Friend Called Emily Ferris” received glowing reviews in her home country of Australia but that trickle of critical acclaim turned into a river of praise upon the release of her second EP “How To Carve A Carrot Into A Rose”.

While the sprawling guitar jams of her band “The Courtney Barnetts” barely hide her remarkable pop sensibility it’s Courtney’s honesty, wit and unique turn of phrase that set her apart from the rest. Reviews range from calling her “The next queen of Australian rock and roll” to just wanting to be mates with her, “I’ve only ever met her once but I can tell she’s a legend.”

2013 has seen Courtney release a bunch of killer singles such as the free associating ‘History Eraser’ (praised by The Guardian as “a perfect summary of the earnest freewheelin’ and rambling wit that makes music from this end of the world just so great.”) and the anaphylactic balladry of ‘Avant Gardener’. With a second EP complete (produced by The Drones’ Dan Luscombe), a debut album around the corner and an increasingly impatient international audience waiting for her to leave her shores, it’s an exciting time to be one of Courtney Barnett’s friends.

Barnett’s music builds on the wordy irreverence of mid-’60s Bob Dylan and a Byrds-ian blend of psychedelia, folk and country. – Pitchfork

All tired trends produce their transcendent idols and Courtney Barnett is one of a kind. Paul Kelly’s successor? – Collapseboard

What sets her apart is she’s got a sense of songwriting that hearkens back to the creative burst of the late ‘60s. Specifically in California—her melodies and psychedelic harmonies remind me of the work of David Crosby or John Phillips. – Brooklyn Vegan

Fever the Ghost

In their very brief existence, Fever The Ghost have already made quite an impression with their uncanny, spectacular live performances, quickly becoming the one band on the tip of everyone’s tongues within LA’s Silverlake/Echo Park scene. While Fever The Ghost’s grandiose rush on the senses dependably transports audiences into their strange universe, what’s even more remarkable is how fully-formed their sophisticated sound arrives, cleverly weaving addictive hooks into their forward-thinking psych-pop pastiche. Fever The Ghost’s songs have that rare quality where you can go home humming them after hearing the band live just once with melodies that linger in the mind.

On their adventurous debut EP Crab In Honey, Fever The Ghost not only delivers on that promise but also ups the ante on this expertly-crafted collection of interstellar pop with surprises lurking around every corner. Clocking in just under 20 minutes, Crab in Honey manages to pack in the ideas covering a wide range of sonic terrain, while never drifting too far from their melodic center. Easy to get into with inviting hooks, Crab In Honey grows more complex and deep with each successive listen.

A tight shuffling groove patiently pushes along the rocking skyward opener “Calico” as singer/guitarist Casper delivers his vocal with a catchy, yet understated cool. Riding a tasteful disco strut, “Source” makes the most of the linear structure with bouncy verses, deceivingly complex synth-work, and a very sticky chorus. The EP’s second half haunts on the darker yet dreamy title track “Crab In Honey” and the ethereal EP closer “We’ll Never Know The Place” introduces a change of instrumentation and breathtaking vocal arrangements to keep us guessing, leaving us eager to hear what comes next.

Mastered by Bob Ludwig (David Bowie, Nirvana, Radiohead), Crab In Honey EP will be out January 21st on Complicated Game.

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Courtney Barnett with Fever the Ghost

Sunday, February 23 · Doors 7:00 PM / Show 7:30 PM at Bootleg Theater